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Bekal fort

Kasaragod, the Northern most district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful expanse of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort, known as Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an exotic beach location by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Beautification of the site includes installation of two sculptures of Theyyam created using laterite on the beach and a shed the walls of which are adorned with murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart, from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various sizes have been utilised. Under the social forestry scheme, trees have been planted in the beach area. Parking facilities The BRDC has developed about 7000 sq. m of land for parking different types of vehicles. Walkway A beautiful walkway has been laid for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastline and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort. Illuminated beach The beach gets illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists can spend more time at the beach even after the sun sets. Resting facilities Multi shed and Eru madam would provide the tourists enough facilities to take rest and enjoy the sea breeze. By using locally available materials seating arrangements have been provided for the tourists at the beach .      Book Now



Ananthapura Temple

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasaragod, built in 9th century, is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The sanctum sanctorum of temple is reachable only by a bridge. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 years old, is a major attraction. Built in 9th century, Ananthapura Lake temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Legends says that this is the original site were Ananthapadmanabha settled down. The temple, located about 5 km from Kumbala, also has yet another interesting tale to tell - the story of the guardian crocodile. Babyia is the name by which this guardian is known to the world. It is the local guardian and the messenger of the temple. There is a cave to the right corner of the lake, which has a gate. According to the priests of the temple, god Anantha Padmanabha went to Thiruvananthapuram through that cave.      Book Now



Bekal Beach

Kasaragod, the Northern most district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful expanse of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort, known as Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an exotic beach location by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC). Beautification of the site includes installation of two sculptures of Theyyam created using laterite on the beach and a shed the walls of which are adorned with murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart, from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various sizes have been utilised. Under the social forestry scheme, trees have been planted in the beach area.During the reign of the Company Bekal became the headquarters of the newly organized Bekal Taluk of South Canara District in Bombay presidency. South Canara became a part of the Madras presidency in 1799 and Kasargod Taluk was up in the place of Bekal Taluk. Gradually the political and economic importance of Bekal and its port declined considerably. Kasargod became part of Kerala with the state reorganization in 1956.      Book Now



Valliyaparamba Backwaters

Valiyaparamba is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises. Valiyaparamba,a hinterland separated from the mainland, is a noted fishing centre in the district and is just an hourWith an area of 16 km2 and a population of 10,000, Valiyaparamba Island is the biggest island in Kavvayi Backwaters. The island’s main source of income are agriculture and fishing, but of late the island has become a popular tourist destination. It is also famous for its handloom and coir industries. On the western side of the island runs the Valiparamba beach. Valiparamba beach is perhaps Kerala’s best kept secret. Serene and secluded Valiparamba beach is a dream come true for anyone who wants to spend a quiet day at beach without being disturbed by loud and noisy crowds. The island is close to some of the major tourist places in Kasargod such as the Bekal Fort which is just an hour’s drive away from here. Bekal Fort offers beautiful view of the surrounding areas. The Malabar mangrove trail is just 20 km away from Valiyaparamba Backwaters, the trail offers hiking, boating and birdwatching.      Book Now



Kappil Beach

Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi Cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and 2 km away is the Pallikunnam Temple. The beach is situated about 6 km from Bekal Fort. The beach is one of the cleanest and unpolluted beaches of Kerala.Everywhere you look, you see the dark rain laden clouds. They drift slowly above you as you drive. A... Read more at: http://travel.manoramaonline.com/travel/getting-around-kerala/kappil-sea-lake-near-varkala-thiruvananthapuram-travel.The beach at Kappil, is a narrow stretch of land bordered by fishing boats, nets laid out to dry and... Read more at: http://travel.manoramaonline.com/travel/getting-around-kerala/kappil-sea-lake-near-varkala-thiruvananthapuram.But, it is the lake that offers more options for the tourist here. You can go boating in the calm wa... Read more at: http://travel.manoramaonline.com/travel/getting-around-kerala/kappil-sea-lake-near-varkala-thiruvananthapuram.      Book Now



Nileswaram

Nileshwaram From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Nileshwaram നീലേശ്വരം Coordinates: 12.26°N 75.13°ECoordinates: 12.26°N 75.13°E Country India State Kerala[1] District Kasaragod[1] Taluk Hosdurg[1] Government • Body Nileshwar municipality Area • Total 26.23 km2 (10.13 sq mi) Population (2011) • Total 54,787 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi) Languages • Official Malayalam Time zone IST (UTC+5:30) PIN 671314[1] Telephone code 0467 Vehicle registration KL-60 Nileshwaram or Nileshwar or Neeleswaram (Malayalam: നീലേശ്വരം) is a municipality and a major town in Kasaragod District, state of Kerala, India.[1][2] It is one of the three municipalities in Kasaragod district; the others are Kasaragod and Kanhangad.[3] Nileshwar is referred to as the cultural capital of Kasaragod, the northernmost district, of Kerala.[4] The first Chief Minister of Kerala and Marxist veteran E. M. S. Namboodiripad had contested elections to the Assembly from the Neeleswaram segment."[4] Contents [hide] 1 History 2 Religion 3 Notable personalities 4 Gallery 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading History[edit] Mannan Purath Kavu, Nileshwaram Neeleswaram, or Nileswaram, is the abbreviated form of Neelakanta Ishwaran. It was historically the seat of the Neeleswaram Rajahs, who belonged to the clans of the Kolathiri and Zamorins. The Nileshwar Rajahs and the Bednore Nayaks battled in this area.[4] The grand finale of the annual temple festival season takes place in this area, which is known for its "kavus", or sacred groves. The most famous of the sacred groves is the Mannampurathu Kavu.[4] The town is also known for Theyyam, the ritualistic art form.[4] In 1918, the Rajah's High School was established, it was one of the first north Kerala schools of its kind. The school retains a letter written to the students by Mahatma Gandhi on his way in 1928 to Mangalore. It was part of a broad appeal for people to rally behind the national movement.[4] Religion[edit] Thaliyil Shiva Temple Most of the people are Hindus, followed by Christians and Muslims. To a lesser extent, there are Jain and Buddhists.[5] The name Nileshwa is derived from the name of a temple Thaliyil Siva Temple (Neelakanteshwaran), and the culture of the town is based in large part by its temples, like Thaliyil Siva Temple, Mannam Purath Kaavu and Vaikunda Temple.[6] Notable personalities[edit] Kavya Madhavan - Cine Actress[2] Sooraj Paini - Online Writer Sanusha -Cine Actress Sreekanth Kupleri Gallery[edit] Kottappuram Houseboat RHS Nileshwar Karyamkode Theerthamkara See also[edit] Nileshwar railway station References[edit] Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Nileshwaram. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nileshwaram. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e "Nileshwar". pincode.net. Retrieved November 24, 2016. ^ Jump up to: a b "Who is Kavya Madhavan campaigning for?". Manoramaonline. 7 April 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016. Jump up ^ "There are 38 Grama Panchayats in Kasaragod District". kasaragod.nic.in. Retrieved November 24, 2016. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f The Hindu staff reporter (21 November 2011). "Neeleswaram fete to showcase its heritage". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 November 2016. Jump up ^ "People of Nileshwar". Nileshwar.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016. Jump up ^ "Temple". Nileshwar.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016. Further reading[edit] Bhat, N. Shyam (January 1, 1998). South Kanara, 1799-1860: A Study in Colonial Administration and Regional Response. Mittal Publications. ISBN 978-81-7099-586-9. Cotton, James Sutherland; Burn, Sir Richard; Meyer, Sir William Stevenson (1908). "Nileshwar". Imperial Gazetteer of India. Clarendon Press. p. 85. Lohuizen, Jan van (November 14, 2014). The Dutch East India Company and Mysore, 1762–1790. Springer. p. 30. ISBN 978-94-017-6846-7. [show] v t e Municipalities of Kasaragod district [show] v t e Municipalities of Kerala [show] v t e State of Kerala [show] v t e India Tourism in India [show] v t e North Malabar Region Categories: Cities and towns in Kasaragod districtNileshwaram area Navigation menu Not logged inTalkContributionsCreate accountLog inArticleTalkReadEditView historySearch Search Wikipedia Go Main page Contents Featured content Current events Random article Donate to Wikipedia Wikipedia store Interaction Help About Wikipedia Community portal Recent changes Contact page Tools What links here Related changes Upload file Special pages Permanent link Page information Wikidata item Cite this page Print/export Create a book Download as PDF Printable version In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikivoyage Languages മലയാളം தமிழ் اردو Edit links This page was last modified on 7 March 2017, at 16:51. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. 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